Wheat germ oil. Vitamin E. Properties and indications

We will discuss:
First discovery of vitamin E
Manifestations of vitamin E in the laboratory
Vitamin E and our health

It is a carefully vegetable oil obtained by cold pressing of fresh wheat germ, from processing factories of flour from wheat grain. Its oil yield is very low, because I note that to obtain 1 liter of this oil should be pressed 570 pounds of wheat germ.
The wheat germ oil is the most abundant source that exists in the nature of vitamin E, better known by the pseudonym of fertility vitamin, and solder contain 520 mg. of vitamin E per 100 g. pure germ oil.

Early discoveries of vitamin E

Canklin mattille in 1920 and found that rats fed with cow's milk alone were incapable of having children. This result was observed during the following years in many biology laboratories, establishing a correlation between diet and fertility, soon to attribute the lack of vegetable oils, and in particular the presence of wheat germ oil, because it was seen that these were rich in some factor (vitamin E) which is acting on fertility in rats (both males and females).
This factor vitamin, although it is normally stable at high temperature and face acids, is rapidly inactivated in the presence of rancid fat, but instead it prevents rancidity and also acts as a natural preservative of vitamin A.

Vitamin E, whose existence was suspected since 1919, was isolated from wheat germ oil in 1936 by Emerson and Emerson and given the name tocopherol (Greek tokos = delivery, support and mammals = = alcohol). Of the various tocopherols found in nature, alpha tocopherol (5, 7 and 8 trimethyl tocol) is the most widely distributed and which has a higher biological activity. It is the most heat-resistant soluble vitamins, is not destroyed until they reach 200oC. The acidosy resists alkalies, but is oxidized rapidly because of fat rancidity in which is dissolved and the action of ultraviolet light.

Manifestations of vitamin E in the laboratory
The manifestations of deficiencies of vitamin E in laboratory animals were observed first in rats, for their infertility, yet it differs in males and females. Indeed, there is no loss female ability to produce eggs for apparently healthy and there is no defects with the placenta or in utero. However, after the first week of embryonic life, fetal death occurs, and fetuses are resorbed, which is prevented by administering vitamin E as wheat germ oil between the 5th and the 6th day of embryonic life.
In contrast to the male the first symptom of deficiency is the production of semen containing sperm without motility (no capacity for fertilization). Later there is a degeneration of the germinal epithelium, there being no alteration of secondary sexual organs or diminution of sexual vigor, although this may appear after a certain time of a prolonged deficiency.

Apart from these disorders in fertility, vitamin E deficiency can lead to degeneration of the epithelium of the kidney tubes and depigmentation of the incisors or even arise acute hepatic necrosis. Other manifestations of this deficiency is a developmental delay, hemolysis of red blood cells (anemia) and finally a muscular dystrophy and the possible appearance of a progressive paralysis.

It appears that the activity of this vitamin is directly related to the ability to inhibit the autoxidation of unsaturated fatty acids. Thus the signs of vitamin D deficiency in man are those related to defective absorption of fats.

Properties of vitamin E
Vitamin E is essential in man to:
- The reproduction, normal growth and proper functioning of the pituitary gland, nerves and heart.
- One of its most important functions is the regulation of metabolism and antioxidant factor, as it retains 50% of the oxygen normally metabolized by the cells and tissues, which helps to control and reduce fatigue of the heart and the cells themselves .
- It is also a natural vasodilator, improving blood circulation through veins and arteries while it nourishes and activates the heart muscle.
- It is essential for normal synthesis in the liver of fatty substances and muscular rheumatism and dental caries active while the healing of burns and wounds.
- According to the magazine

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